New Research Suggests Soda Affects the Brain’s Recovery from Head Trauma

New Research Suggests Soda Affects the Brain’s Recovery from Head TraumaWe already know that soda and other sugary drinks are a major reason for the obesity epidemic in our country, which affects more than one in three adults and about 17 percent of children.

We already know that regular soda can also contribute to heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Science tells us that soda consumption causes a spike in blood sugar, which leads to an insulin burst that converts sugar into fat. When caffeine is absorbed, pupils become dilated, blood pressure rises, and the liver sends more sugar into the blood stream.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

New Research Links Processed Sugar to Cancer Growth

Sugar and Cancer In the previous post, I discussed how sugar and artificial sweeteners can affect a child’s brain. ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, poor memory and other issues are often traced back to a sugar-heavy diet. Scientific studies suggest that the early onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s can be linked to high sugar consumption.

This is why it’s so important to limit sugar intake and help kids establish good eating habits at a young age. Food and drinks with added sugar and artificial, manmade sweeteners are the ones to avoid.

Of course, if you pass on anything that comes in a can, a box, a carton or a drive-thru, you’ll eliminate the vast majority of sugar-heavy and artificially sweetened food products from your diet. Continue reading

About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Fat Is More Than Fat

Body fat index measuring body fatIn last week’s post, I discussed why we need to maintain the brain, continuing the conversation about change and transformation. Dr. Daniel Amen points out in his book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body that the human brain, that little three-pound organ nestled between our ears, is the most complex organ and the greatest miracle in the universe.

In order to maintain our will power and self-control, we need to keep our brain chemistry balanced. If we want to change the body, we have to change the brain first. Controlling sugar intake is an essential part of maintaining or restoring proper brain chemistry.

Another important but overlooked factor is the role of fat, so let’s take a closer look at the role of fat in the human body.

60 percent of the human brain is fat. If someone calls you a fathead, consider it a term of endearment and drop that little nugget of knowledge on them.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Beware of Sugar’s Many Aliases

Beware of Sugar’s Many AliasesIn last week’s post, I explained why detoxification must begin with sugar. I shared a number of mind-blowing statistics related to how much sugar is in products people consume every day, as well as the link between sugar and chronic disease.

I also want to encourage you again to go see Fed Up and take the Fed Up Challenge, which can help you correct your body and brain chemistry by going sugar-free for 10 days.

A major obstacle that we as individuals and parents must overcome is the deception of the food industry. A recent study from Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab found that the majority of cereals marketed to children feature characters (Cap’n Crunch, the Trix Rabbit, Lucky the Leprechaun, etc.) that look downward.

These boxes are designed to make direct eye contact with the target audience, which science has shown builds trust and positive feelings toward the brand. In other words, they’re trying to manipulate our children into asking us to buy cereal for them. Characters on cereals that target adults tend to look straight ahead.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Super Bowl Reveals Super Problems

Super Bowl and unhealthy adsGo ahead and call me a party pooper. Call me the big, wet blanket thrown on top of the party. I don’t care, because certain things need to be said.

As I watched the Super Bowl, it became obvious where the money and influence is in this country. Many of the major advertisers continue to be soda, beer and processed food brands. These food manufacturers create products that cause disease and alcoholism, leading to chronic illnesses that are responsible for 75 percent of healthcare costs in this country.

Whether we partake in these products or not, we all end up paying part of the bill for those who do in the form of higher healthcare costs. It’s not fair.

And for the major sports and media networks that promote foods and beverages that do nothing but make people sick, it’s shameful.

I noticed that Pepsi is attempting to score points with its Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to exercise for at least 60 minutes each day and claims to promote healthy eating.

Give me a break.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.